W&J Head Football Coach Owns Top-Five Winning Percentage Among Active Coaches
WASHINGTON, Pa. -- Washington & Jefferson Head Football Coach Mike Sirianni ranks fifth among all current NCAA head college football coaches with at least five years of experience with a winning percentage of .825.
Sirianni enters his 11th season as head coach at W&J this fall with a career record of 85-18. His winning percentage is top among the Presidents’ 31 football coaches in program history, while he ranks second in wins.
His squads have produced a winning record during all 10 seasons at W&J and have made eight postseason appearances, including six trips to the NCAA Division III Tournament. Overall, the Presidents have strung together 28-straight winning seasons.
Lance Leipold of three-time defending Division III national champion Wisconsin-Whitewater ranks first among active coaches with a winning percentage of .960 (72-3). Second is Larry Kehres, the head coach at Mount Union (.926; 317-24-3). Sirianni was a three-year starter and two-time all-conference wide receiver under Kehres and also served as an assistant coach with the Purple Raiders for three seasons.
Chris Peterson of FBS Boise State ranks third on the list (.924), followed by Trinity (Conn.) head man Jeff Devanney (.854). Rounding out the top 10 are Urban Meyer (Ohio State; .819), Joe Fincham (Wittenberg; .814), Rick Willis (Wartburg; .807), Bob Stoops (Oklahoma; .803) and Willie J. Slater (Tuskegee; .803).
The W&J football team opens its season Sept. 1 in Fayetteville, N.C., for the first meeting in school history with Methodist.